“So faith by itself, if it has no works is dead.”

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Never one to shy away from conflict or controversy, let me state that the above quote from James 2:17 is one of my favorite scripture passages. Why would it be controversial? Well, Martin Luther hated the Letter of James and this is the year that we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Luther was concerned that James was espousing works righteousness, the view that one can become righteous by doing certain deeds, such as in Luther’s time, buying indulgences. Luther was one of many who espoused a “faith alone” mentality, that faith alone leads to ones righteous. And he is not wrong, but…

You see this is the nub of it, and James is right, if you claim to have faith in God, faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, but your life just resembles that of any other human, then do you truly have faith? If you claim…

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